Musical Theatre Transfer Pathway


The Musical Theatre Transfer Pathway AFA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Fine Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Theatre bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.


Designated bachelor’s degrees and universities:

This Musical Theatre Transfer Pathway AFA will transfer into specific designated majors at the universities within Minnesota State.    

University GPA and Course Grade Transfer Requirements

Metropolitan State University – transfer GPA: Minimum of 16 transferable semester credits attempted with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.

No specified additional GPA requirements for the major courses.

Minnesota State University, Mankato – transfer GPA: a minimum of 24 semester college level, transferable credits with a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

All theatre major coursework must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Minnesota State University, Moorhead – transfer GPA: a minimum of 24 academic semester credit hours with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

No specified additional GPA requirements for the major courses.

Southwest Minnesota State University – transfer GPA:  Courses with grades that earn credit from other post-secondary institutions will transfer.

A grade of “C-“ (C-minus) or better is required for major/minor coursework applied toward a degree in the Theatre Program.

St. Cloud State University – transfer GPA:  A minimum of 24 college-level credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.  All credits with a “C-“ or higher from a regionally accredited institution are considered for credit transfer.

No specified additional GPA requirements for the major courses.

Winona State University – transfer GPA:  A minimum of 24 semester credits after high school graduation at a nationally accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or higher will generally be admitted.  If your cumulative college GPA is between 2.2 and 2.39, a transfer specialist will conduct a personal interview and review your application.  WSU will accept “D” grades as part of the MnTC if the cumulative MnTC GPA is 2.0.

Theatre major GPA requirements:  Students are strongly recommended to take ENG 111 and CMST 191 in the first year and are required to complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better before enrolling in 300 level THAD courses.

Location: Austin
Program Starts: Fall
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Scott Blankenbaker

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Musical Theatre Transfer Pathway program page at

Required Core Courses (20 credits required)

THTR1001 Theatre Activities 1 CR
THTR1002 Theatre Activities II 1 CR
THTR1100 Introduction to Theatre and Film (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
THTR1111 Movement for the Stage I 1 CR
THTR1120 Stage Make-Up 3 CR
THTR1125 Script Analysis 3 CR
THTR2100 Beginning Acting (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
THTR2710 Musical Theatre Performance (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
THTR2720 American Musical Theatre (Goal 6 & 7) 3 CR
MUSC1101 Music Theory/SS/ET I (Goal 2 & 6) 4 CR
MUSC1150 Applied Voice Lessons 1 CR
MUSC1151 Applied Voice Lessons 1 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (40 credits)

ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
- Goal 1 - Communication 3 CR
SPCH1100 Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) 3 CR
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 4 - Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 CR
- MnTC Education 10 CR

Additional Requirements (1 credit)

CCLS1000 First Year Experience 1 CR